Hacking for Humanity

24th May 2019

Posted In: FYI

Girls in Tech Dublin, the Irish chapter of the well-known global organisation focused on empowerment, engagement and education of women in technology, is proud to announce their first ever hackathon in Ireland.

Hacking for Humanity is a “hack for good”, an open event, where both male and female participants (the majority) are welcome. The focus of the event is to help local charities solve their biggest challenges. Participants will, in this way, be able to make a difference in the community by finding creative ways to solve social issues. “Hacking for Humanity” is sponsored by Paddy Power Betfair and the IDA Ireland and will take place this weekend (24-26th May) at The Digital Hub, in Dublin.

Speaking about “Hacking for Good” Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, Coral Movasseli (pictured), said “When I first started Girls in Tech in Ireland back in 2016, I dared to push the boundaries. And here we are now. We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first hackathon right in the heart of Dublin and to welcome diverse attendees and eminent speakers”.

Commenting on the inaugural event and her attendance,  Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “I am delighted to attend Hacking for Humanity.  This is an excellent initiative that promotes technology and entrepreneurship in a fun, inclusive and engaging environment.  Hackathons are an opportunity for people to think creatively and challenge their curious mind to solve problems. Girls in Tech Dublin are empowering young women who are passionate about technology.  As policy makers within education it is all our challenge to support women who wish to advance their careers in STEAM fields”.

Participants do not require any technical skills to enter the competition. It is open to marketers, technologists, strategists, creatives, humanists and students. Participants will start from an idea to a working proof of concept within a weekend, guided by the mentors on the platform or technology chosen for the event. At the end of the two days, the ideas will be evaluated by an experienced local panel of judges; every participant will be rewarded for their contribution and extra prizes will also available for outstanding contributions.

Dublin’s Simon Community, ReCreate Ireland and The ONE Foundation are this year’s charity partners with Caroline Keeling, Brenda Romero, Linda Doyle among the speakers that will join the event. Learn more about the hackathon here!